The 1,300-horsepower Spec 5-FD will also be the archetype for buyers of the street-legal 2024 Mustang to emulate: Ford worked with Gittin and RTR team driver Chelsea DeNofa to develop a competition-ready electronic drift brake buyers can option for the retail car. We don't have much for nitty gritty yet on how it all works. We know that the system operates in track mode in the new Mustang, pulling a handle that's like a mashup of drift lever and old-fashioned mechanical parking brake activates the rear-wheel drift action. Ford says pulling the handle "emulates with electronics the hydraulic drift brake in RTR’s Formula Drift Mustang, with more than three times the braking force of a conventional mechanical parking brake system."
The option is called the Mustang Performance Electronic Parking Brake offered in conjunction with the Performance Pack. It can be added to either engine, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder or the 5.0-liter Coyote V8, and either transmission, the ten-speed automatic or six-speed manual. Checking the configurator, the Electric Hand-Operated Parking Brake comes with the $3,475 High Performance Package offered for the EcoBoost engine, or the $4,995 GT Performance Package offered on the V8. The brake comes standard on the Dark Horse trim.
It's been designed with various skill levels in mind, adjustable settings said to allow novices to learn how to throw the back out "and later change system settings to use in track-only competition."
As for Gittin, he'll drive in four of this year's eight Formula Drift rounds, sharing the driver's seat with team member Adam LZ. We imagine that when he's not in the car, he'll be prepping the launch of RTR's line of components for the S650 Mustang, some of which are shared with the Spec 5-FD racer.